On this design build renovation project at Placid Refinery House #5, Star Service, Inc. handled all engineering, fabrication and installation work in-house. This included switching the refinery’s antiquated HVAC system for a (pictured) motor control center.

“The customer requested for the building to be not only air conditioned but also pressurized with new controls and duct system,” says James Papizan of Star Service. The main difference between industrial and commercial jobs comes down to location, “where the equipment and ductwork will live,” he explains. “A lot of the industrial sites that we deal with have very corrosive atmospheres so material type and gage are of great importance.”.  

Once the scope of work was agreed upon for this project, the customer was required to pour new slabs for the equipment as well as the fresh air stack. “Because of equipment lead times, it was decided to install the stack and as much of the ductwork as possible without interfering with equipment placement,” says Papizan. “Engineering provided our sheet metal department with clear inside duct areas that were taken onsite and field measurements and duct design were then taken. Measurements and design are the taken to our engineering department for final approval.”

Once approved fabrication and installation is done, the production begins and materials are taken to the job site to be set in place. “At that time final duct measurements were made and brought to engineering for approval then fabrication and installation was completed. The entire project took approximately 10 weeks from start to finish.”               

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